#398 | Stephanie Sarver | Name climate crisis

Submission 398
Stephanie Sarver
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (Bellingham, WA) 8132

What is your suggestion or idea?

Proposed Change to Section C-2.2

Interdependence. “We honor the sacred interdependent web of all existence. With humility we understand our place in the web.

“We covenant to care for and respect the earth and all beings by fostering relationships of mutuality. We work to repair the bonds we have broken.”

Replace with:

We acknowledge and respect that we are a part of the interdependent web of all existence.

We covenant to confront the climate crisis, be accountable for our actions that shape the web of existence, and work to repair the harm we have wrought to the planet.

What is the reason for your amendment idea?

This revision to seeks to reduce the vague and awkward language of the proposal. For example, there is no explanation of “the bonds we have broken.” It is unclear what is meant by “relationships of mutuality.”

This proposed amendment specifically acknowledges that the climate crisis is our most visible evidence of not honoring or respecting our interdependence with the non-human cosmos.

Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?

This recommendation emerged through discussion within Chalice Circles. This has been shared with others in our congregation.


I agree. I find it really weird that there is no mention of the environmental/climate/biodiversity crises!!

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